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    • 4.7 • 48 Ratings

Simon Mayo and Matt Williams invite the world's finest authors in for a chat. Plus the best unpublished work and your reviews.
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    Q&A with John Boyne (The Echo Chamber)

    Q&A with John Boyne (The Echo Chamber)

    The multi million best selling author talks us through some of his favourite books and authors which include Joseph Knox, CS Lewis, Peter Caren and John Irving
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    • 12 min
    John Boyne (The Echo Chamber)

    John Boyne (The Echo Chamber)

    John Boyne returns to the pod for his hat-trick appearance. He has written 13 novels for for adults, 6 novels for younger readers, and a short story collection, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas which was a New York Times no.1 Bestseller and was adapted for a feature film, a play, a ballet and an opera, selling around 11 million copies worldwide. As of 2021, it has spent 15 years in the New York Times Top 10 Bestsellers Chart.
    His latest novel The Echo Chamber looks at the effects of social media. "To err is maybe to be human but to really foul things up you only need a phone."

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    Q&A with Ragnar Jonasson

    Q&A with Ragnar Jonasson

    One of the world's great crime writers takes our Q&A about his favourite books and authors...which include Ian Rankin, PD James and Agatha Christie.
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    Ragnar Jonasson - The Girl Who Died

    Ragnar Jonasson - The Girl Who Died

    Iceland's Ragnar Jonasson is a crime writing phenomenon - and it's not even his main job. He works as an investment banker in Reykjavik, in addition to teaching law at Reykjavik University.
    But is also a bestseller in Germany, France, the UK and Australia. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic.
    Ragnar is the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir. He has also been shortlisted for Novel of the Year in Sweden, The Barry Award in the US and the Petrona Award. The film rights for The Darkness have also been snapped up by Hollywood.

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    Q&A with Mateo Askaripour

    Q&A with Mateo Askaripour

    The best selling author of Black Buck talks us through some of his favourite books and authors, which include...Colson Whitehead, Jason Reynolds, Iceberg Slim, John A Williams and Candice Carty Williams
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    Mateo Askaripour (Black Buck)

    Mateo Askaripour (Black Buck)

    A fantastically funny interview with Mateo Askaripour about his New York Times bestseller Black Buck - a satirical debut novel about a young man given a shot at stardom as the lone black salesman at a mysterious, cult-like, and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

csi mel ,

Books of the Year

I adore this podcast! I have listened to Simon and Matt talk about books since their Radio 2 days, and they keep getting more interesting. Simon is also a wonderful writer, and I enjoyed his latest novel, Knife’s Edge. Keep up the good work, gentlemen!

AlistairCandlin ,

Just what I’ve been looking for

Thumbs up from a new listener. Just listened to the Alastair Campbell interview and am half way through the q&a episode that follows.

It’s great - light hearted, funny, interesting. I downloaded Campbell’s new book on Audible. Looking forward to listening to that and catching up on old episodes of your show.

All the best,

Alistair Candlin, South Korea.

cindyT6k ,

Pod of the year

Come for the insightful chat about books, stay for the comedy. Two of the BBC’s most beloved personalities are also serious about literature. Highly recommended!

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